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Pokemon - TV Shows
I stopped watching this show during the Johto episodes, when I think it got officially bad. I've only seen a peek of the Hoenn episodes and that's it. I have not seen the Diamond/Pearl series nor the Black/White, but here's my two cents.... It's sorta clear they ran out of ideas for this show early on, they perhaps should have had a bit more structure than Ash, his Pokemon and cohorts of the week defeating the bad guys, dealing with random Pokemon and winning badges///. Maybe that was too hard? Don't know. The first couple episodes of this show were good, for instance, there was Ash's struggles in becoming a Pokemon trainer. There were adventures in obtaining each badge. (Though he never "earned" a couple of them in a legal match) He had to earn a couple of his Pokemon's trust and obedience, like Pikachu and Charizard. Later, he just started catching Pokemon that instantly trusted him further down the line. About halfway through the first season of this show, they made Ash needlessly dumb. He started releasing all his good Pokes' left and right. Haunter, Primeape, Pidgeotto, Butterfree... And the "Ned Flanderization" of not only Ash, but everyone else hurt. Ash went from a slightly cocky headstrong character who was slightly ditzy to just becoming a generic, "plain ol' nice guy Gary Stu" character. Brock's serious, wise, stoic, strategist persona was thrown out and his skirt-chasing tendencies became dominant. Misty went from being a hot head who had hidden feelings for Ash to the "generic girl" character. (I think that was when she captured Togapi). Team Rocket were comedic, but were able to be taken seriously (the flashback episodes about their histories). Later, they just became a duo of bumbling clowns who couldn't catch a cold, with an annoying talking Neko cat (forgot that Pokemon's name. It's been a few years since I've played Pokemon, and eons since I've watched the "anime") in tow. The "cool" characters (Gary (Yes, he was an a-hole, but he had a convertible limo, CHEERLEADERS, and IIRC some serious hardcore Pokemon Ash could never catch, if he did, he'd probably just release them foolishly. I actually thought Gary was cooler that Ash), Giovanni, etc.) were forgotten about or written out of the show. The Orange episodes weren't that memorable. I remember Brock left and they put in some artsy dude or a photographer or something... I dunno... These episodes basically just felt like "Kanto at Sea" to me. They started relying on the same old plot formula and devices for these episodes, which only got worse in Johto. (Ash and Co. find trainer/Pokemon with issue, they resolve it, Team Rocket is thwarted, Ash looses at the Pokemon League. The End). The last episode I watched was about Ash going to the Hoenn region and meeting the default girl character from R/S/E and her nerdy brother. Brock and Misty were both gone, but I didn't MISS them. But it was the same old plot formula from Orange Isles and Johto even then. The interesting new Team Aqua and Magma had to take a backseat crap for the ever obnoxious Rockets. (Why didn't Ash just buy a gun, lure Team Rocket into the middle of the woods miles from anything and.... well, you get the idea...) Ash and Pikachu had no chemistry anymore. Pika only existed to defeat TR in EVERY episode and win a couple fights for Ash. Ash released his Charizard that he'd finally trained after months or years(?)of busting his ass and a Larvitar (WTF!?!? He could've had a Tyranitar at some point!) at this point, and boxed all of "the Pokemon he only uses for the league and that's it (Muck, Taurus... Other Pokemon they couldn't sell to little children I guess?)"... This show was dead by then and I gave up. Or has it gotten better since then? The Pokemon games and cards ever since Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver and Crystal were always classics. Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald did NOT ruin Pokemon as so many people think. It was actually quite good. All those games still hold up to this day. And from the kids I talk to, the "newer" Pokemon games are getting even better, more complex and detailed with Black, White and those new ones that are coming out later this year. Pokemon ABC or XYZ or something...? -- Submitted By: () on July 5, 2013, 11:49 pm

King of the Hill - TV Shows
King of the Hill was an interesting series. It was an animated show that eventually juggled humor, drama and suspense quite well, dare I say even better than The Simpsons, Futurama, and certainly better the Seth Macfarlene series'. Yes, Hank is awkward, Bobby is even more awkward, Peggy is rude and an egomaniac, Luanne is a ditz, Khan is rude, Cotton is a bully and a total a-hole, Dale is mentally unstable/insane, Bill is depressive, and Boomhauer is the ladies man who despite that, it seems he can never get the girl in the end, despite being laid back and passionate. (Though I think there was a episode explaining he never takes his relationships seriously, or he just can't find the right gal, wasn't there?) But I found all these characters funny to some extent despite their faults, most of which are easy to relate to and makes them human. I thought Peggy having her over-inflated ego popped every once in a while was funny, Hank's intolerance of Bobby's beliefs and teenage "experimenting" with fads, music, and so on, and Dale being so paranoid that he barely opens the door to the pizza man, however he's surprisingly ignorant to the fact his wife has been cheating on him for years with John Redcorn and conceived a illegitimate son, Joseph, whom Dale swears shares his blood and spoils him rotten just to name a few. There were some odd episodes I hated. For example, there was that several part story arc with Peggy's skydiving accident. Despite the character development she and Cotton got, it was unbelievable. I think this show started to slip when Luanne married Lucky. I didn't hate his character, but he was somewhat annoying at times. He just seemed like some bum who screwed the system to get every penny he owned. Lucky was wise at times, he also seemed to be a loving husband do Luanne, but it wasn't enough to save him. When Cotton passed it only sunk deeper (I hated his character, but he did give some pretty good comic relief), but continued to be a decent quality show. -- Submitted By: () on July 3, 2013, 1:27 am

SpongeBob SquarePants - TV Shows
Yes, this was once quite a clever show. Before the movie, SpongeBob was a nice, well meaning guy stuck kind of in a "man-child" bubble, who was just misunderstood by his fellow sea people in the earlier episodes. Sure he screwed up every once in a while, but you could relate. Patrick was sorta dumb, but he wasn't obnoxious and pulled off the comic-relief quite well. Sandy was a kickass Texan squirrel whom I could never figure out if she moved to Bikini Bottom for kicks, adventure or study. Squidward was the constantly crotchety, jerk next door neighbor who really just needed some company who could sit through his *ahem* "art" and "music". Krabs was like a (grand)father figure to SpongeBob I always felt; when he wasn't trying to rob him blind of his paycheck, though you could tell he wasn't cruel, he just had a money fetish. Plankton was just there for ironic humor. I remember the elderly "Aquaman + Lad" knock off characters, Mrs. Puff, Krabs' daughter (Why is she a whale?), etc. but they are minor characters' so I'm leaving them out this time around. At the end of the 3rd season this show went to crap. I think it went downhill when they made a "special" about SpongeBob, Patrick and Squidward as cavemen (Didn't they already do that in the first season anyway with Squidward's time machine?). The movie (Which I remember not even being that great) was the final nail in the coffin. The 4th season is where this show died. The animation during the 4th season got pretty flat and just looked poor in contrast to the previous episodes. They recycle plots and have run out of ideas, but the worst offender of all IMO: The characters became caricatures of their former selves, like they did to Flanders' on The Simpsons. SpongeBob and Patrick become complete idiotic morons to the point of it not even being funny anymore. Basically becoming a danger to themselves and everyone around them, just by "attempting" normal tasks. Squidward became the shows' victim character. Again, before he was the jerk next door, now he's living in utter hell every day of his life. I actually feel bad for the guy now!!! Why hasn't he gone on a serial killing spree on the now ever annoying SpongeBob, Patrick and Krabs yet? Krabs is a villain now it seems, only caring about money, and not Sponge or Squid's well beings' on the job. He's not even a mentor to Sponge anymore. Everyone else seems to have not changed that much, but these changes killed the show. I think this is a show that intended to wrap up with the film, but the network exec's, whom make Mr. Krabs look like a reformed Ebenezer Scrooge it seems, said NO to rake in more dough, so new writers, new artists, the show looses it's charm as the old staff have moved on or quit. RIP SpongeBob... They need to quit milking this sea cow dry! Then again, it is just a cartoon. So long as it keeps the children occupied for 22 minutes, it doesn't matter(?) -- Submitted By: () on July 3, 2013, 12:31 am

Days of Our Lives - TV Shows
When they keep firing Carrie. 2006 and 2012. -- Submitted By: () on June 20, 2013, 4:38 am

Arrested Development - TV Shows
Never boned. Question for discussion: does the Netflix season (Season 4) get counted here? Given some of the reviews, I could imagine that a sizable contingent of viewers might felt that it Boned The Fish during Season 4, as the tone was darker and the plotting and pacing changed, and the inclusion of some new actors to play younger versions of existing characters (Kristen Wiig, Seth Rogen, Max Winkler) is sure to be controversial. Ironically the exact moment that perhaps was closest to boning in Season 4, IMHO, involves some of the scenes with Max Winkler playing a younger version of his father\'s character (Barry Zuckerkorn). -- Submitted By: () on May 28, 2013, 9:44 pm

Beverly Hillbillies - TV Shows
Pelirojo, it wasn't Shorty who cheated them. It was Honest John played by Phil Silvers. -- Submitted By: () on May 21, 2013, 10:11 pm

Captain Midnight - TV Shows
If there are any of those "Secret Squadron" decoders still bouncing around I'm sure somebody would be willing to pay top dollar on Ebay to get one! -- Submitted By: () on May 21, 2013, 1:13 pm

Back to the Future - Movie Series
I was bummed when I saw "The End" after the third movie. Remember the event that sent Doc back to the old west. There was some kind of malfunction with the time circuit just before the bolt of lightning struck the car. That malfunction would happen again when Marty attempts to return to 1985. Going over the ravine, he notices something peculiar as the car crosses the intersection, all the cars are antique automobiles! He looks at the circuit and realizes he's in the year 1927! He makes a rudimentary repair to the car so that it can run on gas, at least long enough to get back to 1985. He goes to a gas station to get gas, he interrupts a young couple who kissing behind the gas station. He gets the gas, then exits the station. The couple enters the station, suddenly a Car with Gangsters brandishing Tommy Guns drives at a high rate of speed, they open fire on the station, killing the owner of the station and the couple. Marty evades them, then hops in the Delorian and steps on the gas, a Steam Locomotive hot on his heels. Finally arriving in 1985 guess what? The Casino is back, but not owned by Biff. He also finds out Jennifer was never born! (That couple he ran across were Jennifer's Grandparents). Returning to the railroad tracks, he sees the Delorian destroyed, but then here comes Doc in his souped-up Locomotive. Marty hops in and they now embark on a adventure in the Roaring 20s! -- Submitted By: () on May 21, 2013, 12:56 pm

Ben 10 - TV Shows
Ben 10 was an intriguing concept: a boy gains the ability to transform into aliens via a device attached to his arm. Ben 10 was just the right mix of action and sci-fi, and the villains ranged from schoolyard bullies to all-powerful alien warlords bent on dominating or annihilating the universe...with the means to do so. I got into it, and it was clearly one of the better shows on Cartoon Network. As episodes pass, up sprout plot twists: turns out Grandpa Max, the plumber, is not a real plumber, but an MIB-esque Plumber. It didn't really annoy me, but it seems more like they just took his plumber career and dodged a continuity error by making him a "different" kind of plumber. Then came the point where my suspension of disbelief was loaded past its maximum: Gwen can use magic! Aliens are one thing, but magic? I shook my head. Then, instead of adding seasons, the show spins off: Alien Force. Ultimate Alien. Omniverse. Then, the suspension of disbelief--already under the force of its past-maximum load--is crushed under an even heavier load: Uncle Max has an alien for a wife! Ben and Gwen are the quarter-alien children of their half-alien fathers! OK, Omniverse isn't bad, but all that plot twist nonsense...and it just keeps adding up. -- Submitted By: () on May 14, 2013, 6:01 pm

Pawn Stars - TV Shows
It's a pretty enjoyable show, however, the next time they run a Pawn Stars marathon, I'm going to track then average out the number of times they say "...but theres just one problem..." in each episode. -- Submitted By: () on May 8, 2013, 5:02 pm

Boondocks, The - TV Shows
The Boondocks has some epic moments but suffers from recuring lameness probably due to the FCC. I've got to go with reason 4: Wayyyyyy to P.C. Even if that was meant as a joke, it is still very PC for a show trying to be super edgy. If you are going to show racism, show racism. If you are going to show violence, show violence. If your going to tell a mean joke, tell a mean joke. They do all this once in a while but not often enough to make the show watchable. Huey, Riley and Grandad are barely cognizant of the fact that they are very light skinned and wealthy. Their experience is nowhere close to the desperate scrape of the lower classes that they identify with. Ruckus is comic relief but crawls on his belly too much in the presence of white people. Tom is way to square, even for a laywer. Overall, the characters are too much formula and not enough development. The concept of the show has high potential but is unlikely to reach it because its contract would get revoked for some or all of the following: -Joking about corrupt Jews running most of the world media and banking systems. Using that control to pit the other races against each other and uncorrupted Jews. White or Eastern European Jews being racist to Black Jews; etc. (This is a racist show based on stereotypes. But you just can't make some jokes in the mainstream media can you?) -Joking about White people who like Black people but only in small doses or at a "safe" distance. (Any of the White neighbors plus Tom and his wife Sara could seemlessly fit into such a plot line. So could the Freeman's.) -Interracial violence as a complex story line (Graphic depictions of criminal behavior by Blacks, Whites and Hispanics; innocent people being tormented by once innocent victims of racist abuse who have, after long years of said abuse, turned into racist vigilantes. Show Whites, Blacks and Hispanics as recipients as well as perpatrators.) -Rich people of all colors exploiting cheap immigrant labor while pretending to be "making the world a better place" and saying "I'm not a racist. See I'm giving poor immigrants a chance at a better life." Then show uber rich Mexicans and US Americans laughing it up about how much money they make off that scam. (I believe they touched a bit on this subject in one episode.) I get the feeling that the writers of the show both know how to tell and want to tell these kinds of stories. For some reason they do not and the show suffers greatly for it. It seems like someone who controls what gets watched won't let them. -- Submitted By: () on April 28, 2013, 9:30 pm

Mobile Phones - Random Topics
What bugs me is that people yak on their phones 24/7. I've even seen people talk on them while using the washroom, even while doing number two. Couldn't they go a couple of minutes without using a phone? -- Submitted By: () on March 25, 2013, 6:27 pm

Seth McFarlane - Celebrities
I still can't believe he was chosen to host the Oscars in 2013 and it's not because of his juvenile humour. It's that he's hardly a household name like a Steve Martin or a Billy Crystal, a person everybody knows, loves and recognizes. -- Submitted By: () on February 9, 2013, 12:22 am

Playstation 3 - Random Topics
@Robert: You can relax; PS4 (or Orbis) won't be as expensive as the PS3. The only reason why the PS3 was at $600 in the first place was because of the Blu-Ray technology (which was very new & expensive at the time back in 2005/2006), & because of the cell processor architecture (also very new & expensive). This time around, it'll most likely be at, say, $400, because there won't be anything too expensive inside of it. -- Submitted By: () on February 4, 2013, 3:10 pm

Lance Armstrong - Celebrities
Pelirojo, you didn't go far enough. Seriously, though, after reading all you wrote, not even a starving fly would touch this rotting heap of fish carcasses. OK, so he raises awareness for cancer, but the parade of bad deeds tramples this one good deed into the dirt. -- Submitted By: () on January 24, 2013, 10:09 pm

A-Team, The - TV Shows
First of all, the fact that almost no one dies via bullets (a guy was sniped in a season 1 ep in an uncharacteristically dark moment for the show, and of course Fulbright bought the farm, as exactly no one says these days) is genius. People get comfortable with a formula, that's what TV is, your weekly fix, or daily if in syndication or on Netflix, etc. Also, the music and team-building montages were terrific. This is juvenile nonsense, almost insulting at times, unintentionally hilarious at others, but then again, it's a TV show. That's sort of what the best shows are. My kids love this show. They love the characters. The characters are sort of like life-size action figures. -- Submitted By: () on January 16, 2013, 10:26 am

Mel Blanc - Celebrities
My favorite story as a testament to his ability is in the documentary about his life, Man of a Thousand Voices. Hank Azaria is talking about the episode of Looney Tunes where Bugs is imitating Daffy and Daffy is imitating Bugs to trick Elmer Fudd into shooting the other. Azaria talks about how he and the other cast members of The Simpsons one day were talking about this episode and trying to do the same thing with their characters (Azaria says trying to do Apu as Mo and vice versa, as his example), and how they just couldn't make the two voices distinct. It was a rare talent that Blanc could do just that: his Daffy's Bugs imitation was distinct from his Bugs' Daffy imitation. Simply put, legendary. -- Submitted By: () on January 4, 2013, 3:12 am

Simpsons, The - TV Shows
One of the things that strikes me odd while reading some of the comments and reasons on the boned when...list is that most of the people commenting have not really watched alot of episodes and just use sites like these as a soap box to spew their politics. If they really watched the show often enough they would know the show's history of lampooning both major politcal partys. Having gotten that out of the way i would point out mini-btf moments (not complete btf moments because I think the show is still great). I had mentioned guest stars appearing too often on the show which is bad, but the worst is when the guest stars get a completely different reaction from the main characters then they should. The first time I really noticed that was on a really good episode that had Micheal Jackson voicing a huge white man that claimed he was MJ. While the episode was a good one the thing that annoyed me some was that Bart thought MJ was awesome instead of mocking him(which is what the character would have really done). The most cringe worthy guest star moment for me came when they had N'Synch on. Both Nelson(the main bully on the show) and Bart were excited to see them. Nothing against N'Synch, but come on they were a boyband aimed at teen and pre-teen girls and not young boys (ok, Milhouse and Ralph would probably like them, but certainly not Bart and Nelson). -- Submitted By: () on January 1, 2013, 5:12 am

Black Entertainment Television - Random Topics
Dang! I came in here, hoping there would be other black viewers who would have the same opinion as I on BET, yet, it is obvious by the top vote that nobody but whites have been in this forum ..*sigh* ...and WHY do y'all keep on w/ the rhetorical questions of a BLACK entertainment Network, etc.? Do you ask women why there is a need for a Women's Day magazine? Do you even question gays on the LOGO channel? Talk about HYPOCRISY! ..and you do not need a WHITE entertainment channel, when 90% of the people you see on tv is white ..I betcha RIGHT NOW that if I turned on the tv to a random station, a white face will appear. So, WHY would I put a label on things in my own home? And BET was conceived back in the early 80s, when MTV, which is, supposedly, a GENERAL music station, WOULD NOT PLAY any black videos! ..But anyways ...BET jumped shark when Bob Johnson sold out to Viacom, and shows w/ substance were removed, such as BET News, BET Tonight (w/ Tavis Smiley), Lead Story, Teen Summit, Video Soul, Carribean Rhythms, etc...and these shows were replaced w/ series, etc., that promoted negativity, such as American Gangsta, BEEF ..and they began to show "Baby Boy" and "Soul Plane" all the time... I think I gave a response that TRULY answers why the channel jumped shark -- Submitted By: () on December 22, 2012, 1:57 am

Angry Video Game Nerd, The - Websites
I have a feeling if and when he gets the movie out, that he'd end it. I've always enjoyed it when James gets in that mood to review a bad game, he literally rips into the review. Just completely analyzes the game thoroughly, insults it's flaws, and flat out acts out the inner rage we get when playing a bad game or a hard game. But when he started to be theatric about his later reviews, it really boned the fish for me. His reactions are exaggerated, the cursing has really been played out and is taking it's toll, not that I'm offended by cursing. I just feel as if he has lost touch somehow and is wearing down his character year after year. Nostalgia Critic knew when his time was up, I'm hoping James knows the same for AVGN. AVGN doesn't have to disappear completely forever. Just needs a break. -- Submitted By: () on December 1, 2012, 12:36 am

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